Who Does What? Board and Staff Roles

In the life cycle theory of organizational development, most nonprofits are continuously evolving. Frequently with our clients, along the way there may be transition or even tension around the precise definition of roles between board and staff. A very small organization often has little or no paid staff, so of course the board is naturally“Who Does What? Board and Staff Roles”

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Thoughts From Mongolia III

The food in Mongolia is a real trip unless you love fatty MEAT, MEAT AND MEAT three times a day. You have your choices of camel (yes true), horse (of course), tons of sheep (mutton) and beef, and limited amounts of chicken. Unless you go to a fancy restaurant there are few salads and if“Thoughts From Mongolia III”

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High-Functioning Boards, Part 2: The Devil Is in the Details

Last week, we looked at the kinds of conversations that an executive director and/or board chair should have with each board member throughout the year over breakfast, coffee or lunch. Keeping lines open and reinforcing relationships is absolutely critical to engaging board members. Meanwhile, It is also true that “housekeeping” issues–including the time, location, duration,“High-Functioning Boards, Part 2: The Devil Is in the Details”

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High-Functioning Boards, Part 1: Asking the Right Questions

One of the strengths of RMA’s consulting work with nonprofit clients is that we can quickly and efficiently become familiar with the unique issues confronting each organization. Doing this kind of research typically involves making onsite visits, observing board and staff meetings, conducting individual personal and small group interviews, and designing electronic surveys. Have you“High-Functioning Boards, Part 1: Asking the Right Questions”

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